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confuse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of confuse

  1. 1 to throw into a state of mental uncertainty the similar-sounding words “censure” and “censor” often confuse people Synonyms of confuse addle, baffle, bamboozle, beat, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, buffalo, confound, discombobulate, disorient, flummox, fox, fuddle, get, gravel, maze, muddle, muddy, mystify, perplex, pose, puzzle, vex Words Related to confuse stick, stump, weird out; abash, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattle; agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, stun, unhinge, unsettle, upset; beguile, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, misguide, mislead, snow, string along, take in, trick Phrases blow one's mind, go to one's head Near Antonyms of confuse assure, reassure, satisfy; enlighten, inform

  2. 2 to make (something) unclear to the understanding stop confusing the issue with irrelevant facts Synonyms of confuse becloud, befog, blur, cloud, fog, muddy, obfuscate Words Related to confuse complicate, perplex, sophisticate; entangle, snarl, tangle; disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disorder, disrupt, disturb, jumble, mess (up), mix (up), muddle, scramble, shuffle, tousle, upset Near Antonyms of confuse simplify, streamline; disentangle, straighten (out), undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; decipher, decode; analyze, break down Antonyms of confuse clarify, clear (up), illuminate

  3. 3 to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related a lot of people confuse popular fame with enduring achievement Synonyms of confuse conflate, confound, mistake, mix (up) Words Related to confuse lump (together); misapply, miscall, misidentify, misname Antonyms of confuse difference, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, separate

  4. 4 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress she was confused by the shocking bluntness of his marriage proposal Synonyms of confuse abash, confound, embarrass, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattleWords Related to confuse agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, put off, put out, unhinge, unsettle, upset; debase, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate, queer, shameNear Antonyms of confuse calm, comfort, console, relieve, soothe; buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, hearten; assure, reassure

  5. 5 to undo the proper order or arrangement of vandals had hopelessly confused the papers in the office files Synonyms of confuse disorder, derange, disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disjoint, dislocate, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, hash, jumble, mess (up), mix (up), muddle, muss, rumple, scramble, shuffle, tousle, tumble, upsetWords Related to confuse embroil, entangle, snarl, tangle; agitate, perturb, stir (up), unsettle; clutterNear Antonyms of confuse align (also aline), line, line up, queue; classify, codify, methodize, systematize, systemize; adjust, fix; groom, make up, spruce (up); unscrambleAntonyms of confuse arrange, array, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, range, regulate, straighten (up), tidy



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